This is a discussion on Should I get the AT&T or Verizon iPad 2? within the iPad 2 Forum forums, part of the Apple iPad Discussions category; Originally Posted by Chriztofor Neither. Most places have free wifi. free wi-fi hotspots wifi cafes coffee shops hotels airports RV Parks For places that don't ...
@Chriztofor, it all depends on where you live. My little town (and I use that term loosely) has no stop lights, not even a blinking light. Our downtown consists of the post office and a kinda thrift shop place. We do have some stop signs Out on the highway outside of town, we have a combo gas station/grocery/car wash/restaurant (reservations not required). Our town hall is a used double-wide!
We're not that far from civilization, but even that's not much to brag about
If it wasn't $130 extra and only $50 or something I might would get it to have the option of buying a single month of access when traveling as that would some times be cheaper than then $10-15 a night WiFi in business hotels (I don't always have money in my travel budgets to get re-imbursed for the internet cost).
But for $130 extra, no way. The 3G Kindle is only $50 more than the WiFi only one and that includes free 3G access!!!
What? I live in New York City. There is no usable free wifi generally. Am I going to go online (where? from my apartment only?) on my ipad to find a place with free wifi and only go to places with free wifi because my ipad doesn't have 3G? I'm going to change my plans for my device? Really? After paying over $500 for something? Really? Until cities developed wide area free public broadband, wifi only doesn't work.
I'm in a smaller city than that and it's not that hard to find free wifi. Pretty much every coffee shop has it, as do a lot of a cafe style restaurants, book stores etc.
That said, I also just don't give a crap about having internet access when I'm out and about. The internet is for killing time and home and work, I don't generally want access to the internet or e-mail when I'm out and about (which is why I still don't have or really want a smart phone).
I spend the majority of my time and home or the office (have wifi both places), if I'm out or about it's to be shopping, or eating out, or hanging out with friends or on a date etc.
But I get others are more addicted to the net and/or e-mail, facebook etc. and need constant access etc. So to each their own.
I doubt that NY has "generally no usable free wifi", but you live there, so I assume you already checked that out.
Last edited by Chriztofor; 03-10-2011 at 11:55 AM.
Why do you want an ipad if you don't want the internet on-the-go? Do you commute to work on public transportation or drive? I think people who use public transportation want internet on-the-go and those who drive everywhere don't because they don't have idle travel time.
I probably don't need the 3g. I have wi-fi at home, and most of our coffee shops/diners around here have free wi-fi. The schools also have free wi-fi.
My question is, I have a Droid X, which can be a mobile hotspot if I pay for it do so. Can't I just use that for my wi-fi Ipad if I find myself needing mobile internet at some point for a bit?
No, I drive to work and everywhere. Public transit in Atlanta sucks ass. But I definitely get the need for 3G for people with idle travel time. I'd like it when I'm stuck in the airport etc., but not enough to pay $130 more. If it was a reasonable difference like $50 (like the Kindle--no way the iPads 3G chip costs that much more) I'd get the 3G model. Though I generally just take my Kindle and read--I waste enough time on the internet at work and home as is.
As for my iPad uses, I want it for net surfing on the couch (hate my bulky laptop), reading PDFs of scholarly journal articles instead of printing them out, Facetime/Skype, reading newspapers, magazines, comics etc., and a calendar app to replace my aging Palm pilot and so on.
I'll use it 99% of the time at home or in the office and have wifi both places.